Peer Mentorship Program

Apply to be a Student Parent Mentor/Leader!

Are you a student with family responsibilities juggling family life and studies? Are you going to be at U of T for a year in September 2019? Become a mentor/leader and share your strategies and insights with your peers. This activity will officially recognize your involvement outside the classroom as a significant part of your U of T experience and skills you have developed!

If you are ineligible, please consider other U of T mentorship programs available at the Mentorship Resource Centre.

Please fill out an application form and return it to family.care@utoronto.ca by August 23, 2019.

Download application form

Training and time commitment:

Mentors/Ambassadors commit to attending a training session before the school year starts, one-on-one meetings with their mentees, and social events for a total commitment of just over 10 hours from September to March as detailed below. Mentors/Ambassadors are always asked whether they can take a mentee or not before being assigned one.

Student parent mentors will:

  • Commit about 2 hours to mentoring student parents from September to March (in person, by email, phone, messaging or Skype), with the possibility of extending this commitment if the mentor so desires.
  • Let the Coordinator know about possible periods when not available during the year.
  • Commit to approximately eight hours for events and training as outlined below:
    • A 2½-hour training session
    • The Family Care Office Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities
    • At least two more events in the fall term and winter terms, to choose from one social at the beginning of the fall, other events in the winter term,  family & outreach events.

The Student Parent Mentorship Program is an approved activity for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR). In order for your volunteer work as a Student Parent Mentor to be recognized on the CCR you must complete the activities as outlined for the program, and you will be required to submit a self-reflection piece at the end of the academic year.

For further information on the program, please view the Information Guide.

Why get a mentor

Does it seem like you are the only student on campus with family responsibilities?

A mentor can share with you valuable tips and candid advice to help you balance the demands of caring for children with academic commitments in a safe and supportive environment. You may want to connect with a mentor to chat about:

  • Strategies and insights on caring for a family member
  • A specific question on child care
  • Your newly found pregnancy and a possible leave from your studies

Does it sound like more work and time consuming?

We understand your busy life! You and the peer mentor can choose the best way to communicate; you are the one choosing the duration of the interaction: it can be once from 10 minutes to as many – and for how long – you determine. Our mentors are available to connect with you on a variety of dates and times.

How to get a mentor

Send us an email at family.care@utoronto.ca and we will assign a mentor to you, matching your situation as best as possible.

Who are our mentors

Our peer mentors are University of Toronto students from diverse backgrounds – men and women, undergraduates and graduates. Some had children before starting their program at U of T and some during their studies here.

Questions?

Please feel free to email family.care@utoronto.ca if you have any questions or call 416.978.0951.